from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given in Surinam to the Voandzeia subterranea, a leguminous plant which ripens its pods underground, like the peanut, Arachis hypogœa, and is extensively cultivated in Africa and South America.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Just as a bit comes from the idea of “a bitten-off piece,” or “a bite,” a gobbe meant “a mouthful,” a portion of something larger.
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Some linguists think it’s a variation on an earlier medieval English word, gobbe, as in “gob” or “lump.”